On Friday I decided to treat my youngest son and myself to lunch at McDonald's. And in a totally uncharacteristic turn, I decided we could go IN the restaurant and sit down. You see, usually I just go through the drive-thru and we sit in the parking lot with the mini-van TV playing for him and my phone's Twitter app keeping me amused. Don't judge. : )
Anyway, to get to my point - some of my mom-friends from my son's preschool came in and joined me for lunch. Now this is a totally rare experience for me. Grown-up people to talk to face-to-face! People I like, no less! I was so excited! And inspired.
Just talking about the regular mom-type things of every day life with some of my favorite mom-type people really got my brain going. We talked about trick-or-treating, cooking meals for the highly picky pallets of our children, my "real" job, one of the schools in the area, and so on. Doesn't really sound like picture book idea fodder, does it? But it is. These things that fill our days and we share with our friends are the kinds of everyday experiences we can start with and build from. It is a springboard. And sometimes, we get so caught up in trying to find the "next big idea" that we don't know where to start. Start with a conversation with a friend. And build!!